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Room to Dream

Room to Dream

David Lynch and Kristine McKenna

As unusual as the man himself, Room to Dream is the highly anticipated memoir from the revolutionary and elusive David Lynch, co-creator of Twin Peaks and director of groundbreaking films such as The Elephant ManBlue Velvet and Mulholland Drive.

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In this memoir, David Lynch, co-creator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced—sometimes successful, sometimes not—to bring his projects to fruition.

Part memoir, part biography, Room to Dream interweaves Lynch’s own reflections on his life with the story of those times, as told by Kristine McKenna, drawing from extensive and explosive interviews with ninety of Lynch’s friends, family members, actors, agents, musicians and collaborators. Lynch responds to each recollection and reveals the inner story of the life behind the art.

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About the Authors
David Lynch

David Lynch advanced to the front ranks of international cinema in 1977 with the release of his first film, the startlingly original Eraserhead. Since then, Lynch has been nominated for three Best Director Academy Awards, for The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive; awarded the Palme d’Or, for Wild at Heart; and established himself as...

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Kristine McKenna

Kristine McKenna is a widely published critic and journalist who wrote for the Los Angeles Times from 1977 to 1998. Her profiles and criticism have appeared in Artforum, the New York Times, Artnews, Vanity Fair, the Washington Post and Rolling Stone.

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19 June 2018
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Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Director biography, film
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Praise for David Lynch and Kristine McKenna
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This enigmatic yet plainspoken artist has told his story innumerable times, most recently in the documentary David Lynch: The Art Life, but I never tire of hearing of the strange path that took him from an idyllic 1950s Midwestern childhood, to a decaying late ’60s Philadelphia, to the heights of Hollywood.

‘Fascinating insights into the director’s process.’

‘Lynch has stories to spare and it may be that this is the closest most of us get to spending time in his company…The book is both salve and distraction. All but essential for Lynch fans.’

‘A tantalising hybrid of biography and autobiography… Film buffs will delight in this compelling and illuminating memoir…Lynch casts aside his reticence to discuss his life and films in this wildly enjoyable, massive and bracingly candid memoir.’

‘Offers countless new stories, even for Lynch fanatics…All is told with Lynch’s considerable charm.’

‘Journalist Kristine McKenna maps a rich biography derived from extensive interviews…[and] Lynch jumps in second. This two-pronged approach creates an accurate timeline and intimate self-portrait, but it’s what happens in the space between that’s special: a man engaging not with his own mythology, but rather his own personhood.’

‘A sunny, holistic portrait of a corn-fed American dreamer who simply likes to show his nightmares to the world. Lynch emerges from these pages as principled, flighty…He’s constantly chasing the next big idea.’

Room to Dream is described as “part-­memoir, part-biography” and this duality proves to be extraordinarily productive…This enlightening and exhaustive book should be an essential way of discovering more about [Lynch] and his world.’

‘Insightful, well-researched…The book abounds in great stories and terrific movie trivia that will sate Lynch fans for years to come.’

‘If you expected a David Lynch biography to be just like any other biography, you’ve never seen a David Lynch movie…Fascinating.’

‘Lynch is the master of the perverse, the unsettling and the plain bonkers.’

‘Captivating…Gives the reader a panoramic insight into Lynch’s impressive oeuvre, with sufficient time left to explore Lynch’s childhood and coming of age.’

‘Intimate and honest…McKenna’s interviewees unfailingly describe Lynch’s charisma and warmth, and his methodical but instinctive dedication to craft.’

‘A strikingly multidimensional portrait of the artist…[An] incandescently detailed and complexly enlightening chronicle of a fervent, uncompromising life devoted to “pure creativity”.’

‘Reassuringly unconventional…Engrossing…Lynch writes like he speaks. He’s disarmingly direct, cheerfully profane and prone to bursts of giddy enthusiasm.’

‘What makes this book endearing is its chatty, calm…anti-Hollywood attitude…and matter-of-fact defiance of reality.’

‘The book doesn’t give us one focused view of Lynch, but a double vision, as though two similar but not quite exact portraits of the man have been projected onto one another…There is value, joy, and beauty in staying with Lynch and his cohorts for these 500-plus pages.’

‘An intimate, humanising self-portrait…This wonderful new book is the most comprehensive overview of the filmmaker’s life and career to date.’

‘A unique reading experience; more experimental novel than straight up biography. Which is most welcome and entirely appropriate…An endlessly fascinating work that invites multiple readings.’

‘Traditional and comprehensive on one side while whimsical and irreverent on the other, Room to Dream manages to have it both ways…[A]n enthusiastic, contagious tribute to creativity itself.’

‘[A] memorable portrait of one of cinema’s great auteurs…It provides a remarkable insight into Lynch’s intense commitment to the “art life”.’

‘A fascinating look into an endlessly imaginative and alarming man.’

‘Fresh from near-universal praise for his Twin Peaks follow-up, visionary director David Lynch teams ups with Kristine McKenna to deliver a part memoir, part biography incorporating interviews with friends and contemporaries. Giving us an in-depth look into his creative process, Lynch reveals the inner story of the life behind the art.’

‘Eccentric, addictive and inspiring.’

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  • Room to Dream
    ISBN: 9781925626308
    19 June 2018
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